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Health Builders’ Children’s Conference

Health professionals working together to promote emotional wellbeing for children of Cumbria

Specialists in children’s health care who came together for the second annual NHS Cumbria CCG and Health Builders’ Children’s Conference identified they needed to work together to support children and young people.

Organised by NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Health Builders, the event held at Rheged near Penrith was sighted as a great example of how health professionals for all areas coming together helps promote better care.

Keeping with the tradition of the conference, a tree was planted in the grounds of Rheged to represent new life and healthy growth, central to the aims of  Health Builders and health care providers in Cumbria.


Health Care professionals were joined by young representatives of the Journey of Youth project. Project worker with Journey of Youth Sam Jackson assisted by Giulia Canigiani who was one of the original volunteers on the project, both from Workington, were part of the afternoon workshops.

Chief Executive of Young Minds, Sarah Brennan said: “It has been a great opportunity not only to hear what great work is going on in Cumbria, but also experience the enthusiasm and passion  and concern people working in children’s health care in Cumbria have.

“The conference highlights a community coming together to solve problems together.”

The President of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, Dr Hilary Cass, who was the guest speaker at the Integrated Children’s Conference  added: “The theme of the day has been Developing the emotional wellbeing and resilience of out children, and seeing more than 150 local health care professionals and organizations come together highlighted how  we are all keen to work together to support our children – everyone has a part to play.”

NHS Cumbria CCG Clinical Director Children and Families, Dr Neela Shabde said: “For clinicials coming together for an event like this highlights the number of people from non-clinical backgrounds needed to support children and young families and for clinicians highlights the small part we as clinicians play individually however how we need to work together with colleagues”